I found this little guy on a trail I walk regularly in Gloucester, MA. I am a nature enthusiast with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and have never seen this type of insect before. I am assuming he is a caterpillar because of the feet, but I could be wrong. Please help me solve this mystery. Thanks!
Tara A. Talbot

Hi Tara,
When a caterpillar hatches from an egg, it is termed the first instar. As it grows, it molts and often changes appearance drastically. Most caterpillars go through about 4 or 5 instars. This is one of the early instars of a Prominent Moth, probably the Tentacled Prominent in the genus Cerura. They are also called Puss Moths.

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